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In the coming weeks, you can learn how to spot wildlife, catch tasty fish, collect garden seeds, and pick up new recipes using local maple syrup. Later, in February, he quickly jumped into an outdoor pool.

Read on for these invigorating tips from this week’s Outdoor Adventures column.

Wildlife signs

Learn how to spot signs of wild animals on a moderate 1.1-mile hike with Harbor Country Hikers at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, 7592 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks.

It will be led by Grace Paul, Chikaming Open Lands Education and Community Outreach Coordinator.

From Three Oaks, head north on Three Oaks Road, then left on Warren Woods Road. Look for the preserve on the left after you pass Warren Woods State Park.

Record burbot is caught

It’s a good time to hunt for burbot, which is a good fish to eat.

Scott Skavar of Valparaiso caught a 10.2-pound burbot from Lake Michigan in Porter County on Dec. 30, shattering the previous record set by burbot in 1990 by 2.5 pounds, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He then caught a second perch, which broke the old record by nearly two pounds.

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